New Zealand Opens to PrEP

New Zealand Opens to PrEP

For many years the only option for preventing HIV infections had been condoms. As noted in the video with only 80% of people using condoms there needs to be way to help protect those who are not able to reliably use condoms with each sexual encounter.

PrEP is a fantastic new technology that separates the prevention activity with sexual activity. When taken daily Truvada, the drug used as PrEP HIV prevention can reduce risk of HIV infection by up to 98%.

I also appreciate the note of the importance of getting HIV testing. Currently in Australia approximately 1/3 of people living with HIV are yet to be tested to learn of their infection.

Early diagnosis enables treatment which greatly improves the health outcomes as well as reducing the pool of HIV virus in the community as a whole.

An excellent video on the key strategies New Zealand has adopted to help stop HIV infections.

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